Frequently asked questions What are the medical marijuana laws in New Jersey? Here is an overview of the medical marijuana laws in New Jersey: 2010 – Senate Bill 119 (SB 119) is signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine, protecting patients with debilitating illnesses and giving them the right to apply for a medical marijuana card and protect them from arrest and prosecution. 2010 – Draft rules outlining the application and registration process for medical marijuana are released. 2011 – Senate Concurrent Resolution 140 (SCR 140) is submitted by Senator Nicholas Scutari, declaring “Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent”. New rules are created to streamline the application and permit process for cultivating and dispensing cannabis, and home delivery is prohibited. 2012 – Patient registration is opened by by the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program. The first dispensary opens up. 2013 – Senator Chris Christie signs Senate Bill 2842 (SB 2482), qualifying use of medical marijuana in edible form for minors with debilitating conditions, upon approval of a physician and a psychiatrist. 2020 – Recreational cannabis is legalized in New Jersey.